Tagged: migration

Government out to appease locals over migrants

With patience running thin among local communities and migrants at overcrowded camps across the eastern Aegean, government officials said that the best solution would be to speed up the asylum process and create new reception facilities on the mainland as well as the islands. “Both of these must happen with the initiative of the Greek […]

Gov’t mulls transfer of migrants after Erdogan threats to unleash exodus

European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos on Friday stressed the importance of keeping alive an agreement between Ankara and the European Union to crack down on human smuggling in the Aegean after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to unleash a wave of migrants on Europe. “The agreement must be honored at all costs,” Avramopoulos […]

Chios refugee center burned in riot

Authorities on the eastern Aegean island of Chios were working on Saturday to repair the damage wreaked to a refugee reception center after frustrated youths set fire to mattresses, causing a blaze that destroyed eight prefabricated homes. Two Syrians were detained in connection with the blaze, which broke out following a dispute between migrants from […]

Minister admits gov’t struggling to tackle migration

Greek authorities face a range of problems in dealing with the refugee crisis, Immigration Policy Minister Yiannis Mouzalas admitted in comments to Parliament on Friday while calling on opposition parties to back the government’s efforts to tackle the crisis. “It is true that we overburdened certain municipalities,” Mouzalas said, conceding that northern Greece has borne […]

Minister admits gov’t struggling to tackle migration

Greek authorities face a range of problems in dealing with the refugee crisis, Immigration Policy Minister Yiannis Mouzalas admitted in comments to Parliament on Friday while calling on opposition parties to back the government’s efforts to tackle the crisis. “It is true that we overburdened certain municipalities,” Mouzalas said, conceding that northern Greece has borne […]

UN: Greece must shield refugees from winter, crime

Greece must step up efforts to protect thousands of refugees and migrants from the coming winter and boost security in its camps, the UN’s top refugee official said Thursday. “With the arrival of winter, there are still many thousands of people living in sites that are not yet at standard conditions,” UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi […]

Most migrant centers to be replaced

Three quarters of the country’s migrant reception centers are to close by September, according to government plans. The second phase of a government scheme to deal with the fallout of the refugee crisis, which has left some 56,000 migrants stranded in Greece, foresees the closure of most facilities currently hosting migrants and their replacement with […]

Up to 35,000 migrants to be relocated over two years

Of the 49,000 migrants and refugees currently stranded in camps around the Greek mainland, up to 35,000 are expected to resettle in other European states over the next two years, Dailyhellas understands. A so-called pre-registration process, which is implemented by the Asylum Service in cooperation with UNHCR and the European Support Office on Asylum (EASO), […]

Project underway to pre-register thousands of stranded refugees, many with expired documents

With estimates suggesting that it will take at least a year before tens of thousands of refugees and migrants stranded on the Greek mainland have submitted their asylum applications, a large-scale operation was launched last week to speed up the process by pre-registering the applications of people that entered the country from January 1, 2015, […]

Migration crisis offsets benefit from Greece being a safe destination

The perception of Greece as a tourism destination is deteriorating in the British, German and American markets as a result of the refugee and migration crisis, an Internet survey has found. The survey was conducted by independent British firm Censuwide for the Association of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises (SETE). Its first vice-president, Yiannis Retsos, said on […]

Greek government braces for refugee violence in wake of implementing relocation deal

Migration spokesperson for the leftist SYRIZA led government Giorgos Kyritsis said the country was bracing itself for riots by refugees ahead of the implementation of the agreement to deport illegal migrants back to Turkey. Speaking to British newspaper ‘Observer’, Kyritsis said: ‘We are expecting violence. People in despair tend to be violent. The whole philosophy […]

Borders will not close, insists Tsipras after talks

The threat of Greece being excluded from the European Union’s passport-free Schengen area has disappeared, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras argued on Saturday after the conclusion of a lengthy leaders’ summit in Brussels. “There are and will be no closed borders,” Tsipras told Parliament, after all 28 EU leaders agreed to hold a separate summit to […]

EU migration commissioner plays down threat of Schengen exit

European Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said on Friday that there is no possibility of any country being forced out of the Schengen area and declared himself confident that the Greek government would soon make the improvements needed to satisfy Brussels. “The exit of a country from the Schengen zone has not been requested, nor discussed,” […]

EU migration commissioner warns against Schengen ouster talk

The European Union’s commissioner for migration policy, Dimitris Avramopoulos, on Sunday warned against recent suggestions that Greece may be expelled from the Schengen Area if it fails to take more effective action on managing the inflow of thousands of refugees and migrants through its borders. “If Schengen collapses then the entire European structure will start […]

German finance minister critical of Greece over refugee policy

Germany’s Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble criticized Greece on Sunday over the way it deals with refugees, saying Athens has ignored for years the European Union’s Dublin rules that oblige migrants to file for asylum in the first European Union (EU) country they arrive in. Schaeuble told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper that German courts had […]

Juncker stakes leadership on Schengen, new EU border controls

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday staked his leadership on preserving the EU’s passport-free Schengen zone, saying member states had to adopt controversial plans for a new border control force. Juncker told the European Parliament in the eastern French city of Strasbourg that it was no “time for business as usual” as asylum seekers, […]

Argentina arrests Syrians traveling on false Greek passports

TAGS: Migration Authorities in Argentina arrested six Syrians who flew into the South American country on false Greek passports, a spokesman for the federal police told Reuters on Saturday, adding that the bogus travel documents were probably obtained in Turkey. The six, including one minor, were taken into custody at a downtown Buenos Aires hotel […]

Greece stresses its role before refugee summit

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday emphasized Greece’s decisive role in managing a refugee crisis, declaring that the country is “guarding the European Union’s borders.” Tsipras’s comments, made to state television channel ERT3, came as pressure grows on Greece due to an influx of migrants arriving on Aegean islands from Turkey. “Greece is making a […]